Sidney Wong

Sidney Wong
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 829, 8/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road Hong Kong
Western Planning in China before the Revolution
Dr. Sidney Wong
Research Fellow of Institute of Urban Research ,University of Pennsylvania
Research Fellow of Ronald Coase Center, HKU


Dr. Sidney Wong will present on how western planning ideas and practice took place in China, based on the research of his book project 《梁思成林徽因与都市计划》(Liang Sicheng, Phyllis Lin Huiyin and City Planning).

In this presentation, he will outline several origins of planning ideas in the west and report how they were imported into China through magazine and newspapers, returnees’ publications in professional journals, and specialized books on planning.

Dr. Wong then focuses on the demonstration effect of the Nanjing Capital Plan in the first era of Chinese city planning that ended in 1937 by the Japanese invasion. Wong will use Beijing planning to illustrate a short period of revival between 1946 and 1950 that had tremendous potential in integrating various domestic and foreign planning ideas.

About the Speaker

Dr. Sidney Wong is a research fellow of the Institute of Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania and Ronald Coase Center at the University of Hong Kong.

In the US, he founded Community Data Analytics, specializing in demographic analysis to provide critical input for development impact analysis.

Dr. Wong had taught planning at Penn, Temple University, Morgan State University, and Florida International University. He was a member of RTPI and HKIP and worked as a planner in Hong Kong, before obtaining his PhD at UC Berkeley, where he was awarded the Best Doctoral Dissertation for his research on enterprise zone programs awarded by ACSP (Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning) for America (covering Canada, US, and Mexico).